By Irene Maltzan
It’s that time of year again where summer is ending. Back to school signs and merchandise are displayed everywhere. It is often a happy time for parents, but not so much for kids and teachers. The break for summer is well needed, but after too much of that our bodies are looking for balance. We are creatures of habit, so deviating too long from a routine is not good for us. The summer bri
ngs downtime, long days, a routine we normally don’t follow and foods we don’t normally eat the rest of the year. One of the ways we can find balance while helping our kids and ourselves have a smooth transition between summer and fall is by getting back to a schedule.
Also the type of food we eat is important. In the summer we eat a lot of raw foods, as fruits and vegetables are plentiful and actually taste better. Being a Jersey Girl, I am very fond of Jersey tomatoes in the summer. Come winter I have no desire to have a tomato that is pale and barely resembles their summer cousin. Come fall, pumpkins and squash start to become popular. Comfort foods to warm us instead of ice cream and ice cold drinks. This is no coincidence that it coincides with the transition from summer to fall.
If you notice that all of a sudden in September you are craving soup or more warming food, it is a natural transition from cool summer foods. Oatmeal and soup are a great example. In the summer, many people don’t crave warming food, but come the fall, all of a sudden you may get a craving to have a piping hot bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or wanting a cup of soup for lunch. Warming foods can help yourself and your kids transition into fall as you begin to eat seasonally. Continue eating raw food, but add cooked food to it.
Getting adequate protein is important too. Breakfast should always consist of having some protein. Sending kids off with a bagel or pancake breakfast will only make them tired and lethargic. Eggs and protein shakes are a healthy and easy way to start the day for both parent and child. School food isn’t the healthiest, so being aware of what your kids eat is one of the most important ways to ensure your child is getting proper nutrition. Sending a lunch packed with protein, healthy carbs and fats ensures your child will feel good and have energy that helps them succeed in the new school year. Eating seasonally has been part of our culture since the beginning of time. Awareness and mindfulness with seasonal change will ensure a healthier transition.